Cyrano de Bergerac
Now then, to make
His Grace delay that quarter of an hour…
I have it! – up here –
(He steps on the bench, and climbs up the wall toward the balcony. The theorobos begin to play a mournful melody.)
Sad music – Ah, a man!...
(The music pauses on a sinister tremolo.)
Oh – very much a man! (III. 450-453)
I have something on my mind that troubles me.
What is that?
So have I.
You enjoy this!
CYRANO (Tightens his belt.)
It keeps me looking young.
My teeth are growing rusty.
My belly sounds as hollow as a drum.
Beat the long roll on it!
My ears are ringing.
Liar! A hungry belly has no ears.
Oh for a barrel of good wine!
CYRANO (Offers him his own helmet.)
I’ll swallow anything!
CYRANO (Throws him the book which he has in his hand.)
Try the "Iliad."
The Cardinal, he has four meals a day –
What does he care!
Ask him; he really ought
To send you…a spring lamb out of his flock,
Roasted whole –
Yes, and a bottle -
CYRANO (Exaggerates the manner of one speaking to a servant.)
If you please,
Richelieu – a little more of the Red Seal…
Ah, thank you!
And the salad –
Of course – Romaine! (IV. 50-65)
ROXANE (Comes out of the coach.)
(At the sound of a woman’s voices, every head is raised. Sensation.)
On the King’s service - You?
Yes – my own king –
Love! (IV. 234-235)